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Spain v Poland betting tips: Pressure on after opening flops

| 15.06.2021
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Preview and odds for the Group E match

Spain and Poland both made a disappointing start to Euro 2020 and will look to improve when they meet in Seville.

The Euro 2020 odds suggested these teams would fill the top two places in Group E but Spain were held to a goalless draw by Sweden and Poland suffered a surprise defeat by Slovakia.

Saturday’s match is live on BBC One and kicks off at 8pm as we highlight a few potential Spain v Poland betting tips.

Spain v Poland match odds

One of the biggest concerns over Spain heading into the Euros was whether they have the firepower to trouble the top teams and the 0-0 draw with Sweden did nothing to quell those fears.

Alvaro Morata spurned two gilt-edged chances while Gerard Moreno also had opportunities after coming on as a substitute in a game which Spain dominated.

They rode their luck at times too, with Marcus Berg firing over from close range for Sweden while Alexander Isak’s deflected effort hit the post.

Spain dominated possession, though, and coach Luis Enrique was not concerned by the performance, saying: “We were by far the better team.

“We had sufficient chances to win the game. What went wrong? It’s the fact we didn’t take those chances. It’s very clear and we all saw it.”

Spain remain the 2/5 favourites to win Group E and are 4/11 to get their first win of the tournament.

They may be helped by Poland’s need to go for the win themselves after a 2-1 loss in their opener which means they have drifted to 11/4 to reach the last 16.

Poland were on top when Karol Linetty cancelled out a first-half Slovakia strike but had Grzegorz Krychowiak sent off after 69 minutes and paid the price when Milan Skriniar struck a superb winner.

Poland coach Paulo Sousa admitted his team “need to be better and show more courage” but they go into the game as 17/2 underdogs, with the draw 19/5.

The need for points for both teams could lead to an open match and both teams to score is available at 21/20 while over 2.5 goals is 8/11.

Robert Lewandowski, Poland

Spain v Poland head-to-head

Spain have won eight of the 10 matches these teams have played although the only competitive fixtures were in qualifying for the 1960 European Championship.

The most recent friendly was in 2010 ahead of Spain going on to win the World Cup that summer and La Roja emphasised their quality with a 6-0 victory.

Spain to win and over 2.5 goals this weekend can be backed at 21/20 while Spain are the same price to be leading at both half-time and full-time.

Previous XI

Spain vs Poland - Football tactics and formations
Spain: Simon, P Torres, Llorente, Alba, Laporte, Koke, Rodri, Pedri, Morata, F Torres, Olmo.

Poland: Szczesny, Bednarek, Rybus, Glik, Bereszynski, Linetty, Krychowiak, Klich, Zielinski, Jozwiak, Lewandowski.

Key battles

Robert Lewandowski’s poor goalscoring record at major tournaments continued as he was kept quiet by Slovakia and he faces an even tougher evening against a Spain defence containing the likes of Pau Torres and Aymeric Laporte.

Morata will be keen to make up for his misses against Sweden while Moreno could start after ending his fine form for Villarreal this season.

Morata is the 3/1 favourite to open the scoring while Lewandowski is 11/5 to find the net at any time.

View the latest Euro 2020 odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.